By Braeden Kantz, staff writer
With the lights dimmed and the music blaring, the Panther’s junior high matmen flexed their muscles for the Saegertown crowd at the Eisenhower match on Dec. 13.
Landon Caldwell, seventh grader, wrestled his first match under the lights and won twice with an impressive pin and technical fall. He has won his first five matches. Despite their best efforts with wins from Caldwell and freshman Max Ravenscroft, the Panthers lost by one point in the final seconds. When asked how the matches influenced his confidence, Caldwell said, “They made me feel better about the team and my skillset.”
Last weekend, the junior high wrestlers competed at the Saegertown Open Bracket Tournament, with an estimated 250 wrestlers. Matmen Caldwell and freshman Austin Kimmel won championship titles, and seventh grader Owen Hershelman took second in both of his brackets.
Eighth grader Karleigh Steiner captured a third place medal. Eighth grader Joshua Perrine also won his championship bout. “It was the first time I had taken first in a tournament in two years. It felt great to win in front of my friends and family,” said Perrine.
Last night against Fort LeBoeuf the junior matmen lost a rough match and are looking to rebound their loss against a weaker Union City tomorrow. As of press time, the team stands 0-2.
Over winter break, the team will head to Canon-MacMillan High School on Dec 29 and 30 for the Powerade Tournament.